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To the Camp!
Appeal for funds.
The success that has been the happy result
of the Schools efforts has led naturally to
increase in expenditure. Up tili now this has
been met by Special Grants, and while the
Current Expenditure will continue to be met
in this way, the very considerable Initial
Expense for Equipment — Partitioning, ßooks
and Apparatus — is one which the Committee
feel might well be borne in part by those who
benefit from the School.
Like practically all other activities in the
Camp, the School is essentially a voluntary
service; but when in these days of general
sacrifice so much money from within the Camp
is spent on Amüsement, the Committee feel
that this Appeal for a Vo'untary Subscription
for Education will surely meet with a generous
Subscriptions should be handed into the
School Office (between Bar. 2 & 3) during
office hours 3 — 4. 30 any Afternoon, when a
| receipt will be given.
^ .. £)
m 9. October 1915.
|HE Camp pursues tlie unwontedly even tenor.
of its way, the political groups around tlie
5 Captains' Office cliat clieerily, with a marked
absence of those swift eloquent glances into
ß its shadowy portals, and there is no alteration
in the price of the Camp Magazine to record and regret.
But still the inexorable voice of Custom bids ns take
heed that the first page of each issue must bear the imprint
of what is commonly known as u the leading article", and
which is, in reality, often the superfluons article.
What a pity that Mr. Cohen did not call us into con-
snltation before fixing upon the snbjects of the essays to
be written for the Eisteddfod Literary Competition! Had
he done so onr inevitable snggestion would have been "A
leading article for 'In Ruhleben Camp'." What benefits
might have accrued there from! For untold issues the Camp
might have been pithily lectured, jokingly remonstrated
with, might have been subjected to cautious congratulation
on the one hand and to dignified rebuke on the other.
Had Mr. Cohen only had forethough, the tone of the
Camp rag might have been raised to the dizzy height of an
"Saturday Review", or have rejoiced in the benevolent
dignity of a /'Spectator".
Alas ! the opportunity has been lost, the Eisteddfod
Committee has fixed its programme as unalterably as the
laws of the Medes and the Persians, and as result the Camp
must bear with us, remembering that at least we strive
our ignoble utmost, and take as our editorial greeting for
the fortnight, "Well boys, football has begun, and here's to
a jolly and a final season in Ruhleben!"
1 AR TS & SCIENCE I
| UNION 1
1 THE CIRCLES. 1
Barry (Seh. B.)
2 Sun. 7 Tu,
Mr. A. C. Ford
Mr. P. M. Shaw
Those circles marked * are limited to persons who can
contribute in their turn a paper of interest to the circle.
English Literature, Shakespeare, History, Scandinavian Lite-
rature Circles are being formed.
| POPULÄR LECTURES.
= We are indebted to the following gentlemen for lectures
== much appreciated by those attending :
= Wed. Sept. 22 Mr. Lockyer Roberts on the Generation and
Distribution of Electric Power. Sat 25 th and Oct. 2 nd Mr. Roy-
== lands-Cooper on the Condensation of Steam. Wed. 29^ and
= 6 tta Mr. Swale on the Manufacture of lron and Steel. Sat.
= 25t* 1 Mr. Kite on Une Colonie Francaise en "Russie. Sat.
= Oct. 2 nd Mr. Prichard on The Church of St. Marks, Venice.
A füll aecount will be found on another page.
PHOEBE IN RUH LEBEN SPORTSMEN.
WE were watching the great match between Barrack ten
and the Rest.
"That's the end of this year's cricket, Phoebe", I said.
"I wonder if we shall enjoy our next season here.
"So you enjoyed the cricket this year?"
"Let's see; what was your highest score?"
"Highest score! Why, you know I never played."
"How can one enjoy cricket if one never plays ?"
"One can watch. Besides it wat not my fault that I never
not a game I — "
"No, no, ol course not, I know all about it. The selection
committee was run by a cüque, and no one got a chance unless
he was in the clique."
"Well, all I can say is that its a very funny thing, but
nearly everybody who did not play, attributed his being left
out to the same clique."
"Probably with justice."
"Pp you think so? But in that case, is it not rather
curious that when once you did get a chance to play, you
refused to do so ?"
'Im an Englishman; and I'm not going to put myself
out for a lot of people like that."
"What exactly do you mean?"
^// ^T^xture <z5^a3y*
"I refuse to explain."
"Because you can't. 'When a person starts off by saying
that he is an Englishman, you can be pretty sure that he is
going to talk a lot of nonsense. The fact is that you were
too lazy to try and get into proper form."
"Perhaps you are right as far as I am concerned." I
admitted, "but that does not explain the many cases in the
Camp of good players being left out."
"Names please !"
can't think of any for the minute." I said lightly.
"Because there are nonet. The people in this Camp don't,
that is, did, not want to play cricket, they wanted to watch
someone eise play. Watch football, watch cricket, watch marbles."
"Yes, I reckon were pretty keen sportsmen."
"You call that sportsmanship?"
"What is it then?"
"It is certainly not that. It is laziness, indolence, mental
and bodily sluggishness, call it what you like." I had never
seen Phoebe so excited.
"■D|o you remember the .football last season?" she went
on, "Dio you remember the crowds that watched?"
"And yet you know as well as I do that some of the
barracks could hardly raise enough men to run two teams.
»Was that sportsmanship?"
"It was certainly sporting to watch how one's barrack was
getting on." I protested.
"More especially when one's barrack was not playing. All
they wanted was a little excitement."
"And I don't blame them here !"
"That is not the point. You said it was sportsmanship."
' I don't care what I said." I answered. I was getting
tired of the subject. Unfortunately Phoebe was not.
"And will you teil me this ?" she asked, "If Englishmen
are as fond of games and exercise as they think they are, how
is it that when they get out into the field with a football, they
hardly ever get up a Scratch game ? No ! What do they do ?
They put down a oouple of coats, one man Stands between
them, a oouple behind them and the rest ränge themselves in
front of them so that they can all thus get a turn at kicking
the ball. Without being put to the trouble of moving from their
places, or having to struggle with another man for it, while the
men behind save the man Ibetween the coats, who acts as target,
the trouble of fetching it. Why don't they put down another
couple of coats a little way off and get up a game? Because
they don't care to play football ; there is too much exercise
<v ^' *»vq uuic 5 Au^ cr>v€w /ict^ i^ix^t, o^?/3 cruc- -AnXi /
involved. Sport! What do they care about sport? All they
care about is a little excitement ; whether it oomes f rom two
teams playing football, or from a clown balancing himself on
his nose on a Champagne bottle while a couple of white mice
danoe on his feet, does not matter. Exercise ! How many
people take exercise in this Camp? A stroll along the front
with a cigarette or a pipe. That is their idea of exercise.''
"But my dear Phoebe", I protested, while she paused for
breath. "Think of all the people who play tennis and rounders !"
"And of all those who don't."
"And golf", I ended, firmly ignoring her interruption.
"Yes, golf !" she burst out a f resh. "What, I should like
to know, is the proportion of people who play golf
to those just putting between two holes about ten yards apart?"
"So you don't agree then !" I said, after a deoent pause
"That if you give an Englishman a ball to amuse himself with,
he will be perfectly happy?"
"Not unless the ball is tied to a piece of string so that
he can keep it close to him without any trouble."
WE are pleased to note that there is no advance in the
price of the Camp rag this week.
THE theatre is still closed, and the Camp is still alive and
moderately cheerful. Perhaps this little pause will do something
toward correcting our mental perspective, and we shall realise
that our entertainments, thought occupying a very important place
in our Camp life, are not an essential.
"A bird in the bouche is worth two outside the barbed
wire" as the Belgian said when he saw the Michaelmas geese.
"THE Hunt is up ! The Hunt is up!" as the madrigal-singer
said as he carried his mattresis to the Auswanderer Bahnhof.
MR. Mastennah and Mr. Fachiri, as representing the two
teams taking part in last week's cricket match Bar. 10 v- The
Rest, ask us to expreste their thanks to the umpires, Messrs.
boller and Butcher, for their three day's vigil. This we do with all the greater
pleasure, having regard to "A Pair of Spectacles" remarks on
the umpiring in our last issue; remarks which, by the way, we
think were quite justified.
"IT flashed upon my sight", as the man remarked when
the cricket ball hit him in the left eye.
THE last fortnight has seen the formation of a number of
studying circles which should form a valuable addition to the
educational opportunities of the Camp. Each member of these
circles has to undertake to read a paper, and thus a certain
amount of sound work by every one attending is assured. In
Ruhleben, where there is a deplorable tendency to coquette witb
a number of subjects and really to study none, this is a welcome
THE circle which meets to consider the question of Social
Problems has, we feel, already taken a great step in the direction
of Reform by declining to have a committee.
WE wonder whether it has oc'curred to the Education
Committee that a certain amount of space has become available
in Bar. eleven, and that this might be utilised for purposes of
ON Friday last Mr. Masterman made the announcement that
he hoped to finish his course of lectures within the next fortnight
and, despite the cold, proposed to deliver them on the Grand
Stand as heretofore. He advised his hearers to muffle up well
and make the best of the matter. To hear that Mr. Masterman's
lectures are Coming to an end so' soon will be a matter of great
regret to very many, and that lack of Space should preclude us
from hearing another course from him during the winter would
seem a severe reflection on the organising ability of the Camp
as a whole, having in view the ample accommodation provided
for amusement of every description.
Mr. Masterman's lectures have, without doubt, been the
most populär in the Camp, and the size of his audience has been
no less extraordinary than the variety of its composition. Any
talk of the "student section" which presupposes that the
students are drawn from any one class in the Camp might be
effectually checked, if those who cavil at the attempts of the
Education Committee to secure more room would only take the
trouble to glance at the audience attracted by Mr. Masterman.
IN exoneration of any lack of interest in the Contents of
this number, we beg to State that our editorial scissors have been
deliberately STOLEN by the Captain's Office. — By the way, we
are in a position to prove this !
nn (cfy noch (cLnoet^cvt wuttet
isMi ich ganfs "Enqd'sh"!
— of the many, those few
hard to stump up their Gro
THE new arrangement with
regard to the populär concerts, viz.,
the institution of '"entrance by pro-
gTamme price one penny" has given
rise to a great deal of grumbling.
We.are asked to point out to the
Camp that these Concerts costmoney.
The dost of printing, advertising arid
preparing the Hall amounts to
thirty Marks each concert. In ad-
dition to this over four hundred
marks have been spent in nmsic,
strings, new instruments, etc. This
means that the expenses have alto-
gether amounted to eight hundred
Now \ve turn to the Camp's
part. At the twelve concerts held
in the open, and at which those
attending were given the Option of
buying a programm or not as thev
pleased, the average Sales were six
hundred, which makes a total in-
come for the season of seven
hundred and twenty marks.
On Sept. 7th a free concert was
given in the Hall, the attendance
amounting to over 600, and two
hundred programms were sold, the
takings thus amounting to twenty-
one marks fifty pfennigs. The ex-
penses on the other hand were
Thus owing to the meanness —
there is no other word for
the refusal to buy a programm at
the price of a morning paper
— those very few — who find it
sehen must suffer. Grumblers please
ELSEWHERE we give details of the Programme of the
Eisteddfod to be held in November, and, by the way. our corre-
spondent has kindly given us a definition of this word.
We hasten to add that the Eisteddfod has nothing to do with
any of the numerous language circles. We have also been requested
to State that the Welsh Society has nothing to do with
the Organisation, but cannot refrain from remarking, "so much
the worse for the Welsh Society".
An Eisteddfod is exactly the thing which should sueeeed in a
Camp like this, but it can only sueeeed if a really sporting
spirit is adopted by the Camp as a whole.
We do appeal to all those who are able to compete in any
of the sections not to aflow mere slackness or fear of being
beaten to deter them from entering. Any enquiries should be
addressed to Mr. Davies, Bar. 22.
THE OPENING MATCH.
THE Football Season opened on Sunday to the delight of
the vast majority of the Camp. Cricket may be the "noble
old English pastime" and all sort of thing, but without doubt
this is the football age; something short and strenuous, a buzz
of excitement, and a (chance to exercise the lungs is the demand
made by the English crowd of to-day, and the Ruhleben crowd
is no exoeption.
There was something in the faces of the men and the air
and the whole place that was reminiscent of an English bank-
holiday, a fresh, snug Stunlight-soap sort of feeling with every-
body looking quite satisfied with the world and himself, but
careful not to let his feelings get the better of his decorum.
The weather was ideal, the ground good and the crowd
big, what more oould the football enthusiast ask ?
The teams, Cameron's and Bloomer's were as follows :
Brearley Rogans Ogden
Cameron (Capt.) Garden
Collinson Flack Hartmann
Slade Burnhill Pentland
Perry Bloomer (Capt.)
Weiss Quinn Dugdale
REFEREE: Mr. Warner. UNESMEN: Campbell & Astin
Rogans was put in at the last moment as a rather weak
Substitute for Wolstenholme, whose cold I hope is better.
Baron von Taube kicked off and things commenced with a
As an opening match played by men who had no practice
it was quite good, thiough naturally hare and there, especially
toward the close of the first half, lack of wind caused a sort
of lull in the play.
The result 5 — 2 in favour of Bloomer's team gives a
fair idea of the strength of the respective elevens.
Unfortunately I have neither the time nor space to give
a detailed report on the match, but must content myself with
just a few comments.
The outstanding feature of the game was the defence put
up by Lithgow and Stewart. With a pair such as Bloomer
and Pentland against him, Stewart may be awarded the palm
of the game.
Of the forwards, Bloomer and Pentland were naturally
the men who> took the brunt of the world and the latter' s
centering was a happy contrast to that of the other outside
men on the field, all three of whom were far too inclined
to fiddle around the corner flag before getting the ball over
to the centre.
Hartman was good despite this failing, and it was his
werk which gave both Collinson and Burnhill their chance to
score, and his side might have done a deal better had he been
fed properly instead of all the passes being sent over to Collinson
who was woefully inefficient and spent most of his time offside.
The veterans Brearly and Cameron both showed a mastery
of the game, and the former displayed a wonderful vigour dodging
all over the field and oovering the men who should have been
marked by Rogans, who' was an absolute passenger throughout,
Their other half Ogden played a very steady game. In the
forward line Garden too was very much off his game and
would hardly have been missed. Nicoll fully justified his
inclusion as goal keeper in an exhibition team, though his policy
of go for the ball and leave the goal to look after itself
affords more excitement than safety. He brought off several
remarkable saves, and who can blame the lad if he lets a
couple through off that terrible old head of Bloomer' a. He
started keeping here in Ruhleben and has not learnt to hold it.
Of the other eleven, Palin was good m goal and little
Owens jumped about like a good 'un. The half line was quite
good but hung back too much, just as the opposing halves
hung forward too much, and left Stewart to cuss them when he
found Bloomer and Pentland bearing down on him. Slade has
a lot of speed, and the shot which scored was a rattling; good
one. Burnhill worked hard at oentre and was quite useful at
times. Altogether it was a good match, much better than the
opening games of last season, and given decent weather, we ought
to see some really fine football on the course this year.
ALL LEAGUE MATCHES WILL BE REPORTED BY US THROUGH-
OUT THE SEASON AND, IN ADDITION TO THE FORTNIGHTLY
COMMENTARY BY YOUNG BIRD, WE HAVE ARRANGED FOR A
SERIES OF ARTICLES BY F. B. PENTLAND.
£ßy iSfointAp Sllustrcktcü 6y JMeri'kJölhr.
IOOK here, why not have the beds three in a tiei instead
-* of this two and two arrangement?''
To the uninitiated there seems nothing very startling in the
Suggestion. Hundreds of other boxes in the Camp have adopted
the three in a tier arrangement already so that I could not plead
originality in favour of the idea the others could not plead any
startling novelty against the idea, but nevertheless lt took every
ounce of will-power I possessed to make the proposal in the
matter of fact way I did.
"Why?" asked Robinson.
"Why?" asked Brown.
"Why?" asked Cadbury.
"WHY?" asked Jones.
tl WHYr asked Smith.
There you have it! Box 30 Bar. 30 is Conservative. A
stranger noting the reception accorded any proposal to change
either the appearance of the box or the habits of the mmates
thereof would depart under the impression that this time he
had really been in touch with the old aristocracy of the place
and were he of snobbish inclinations would casually mention in
the course of conversation in the next box he visited, "Just been
over to see some men in 30. Nice chaps — bit Conservative,
but what can you expect seeing that their people came in here-
with the Conqueror".
Between the dates of Nov. 6 and Nov. 12 the inhabitants
of A Box^30 adopted a certain routine and any Variation of that
routine/_ be lt imposed by the exigencies of the Camp industries,
amateur theatricals, and listening to lectures, or be lt imposed by
still higher authorities, they resent it as an attempt
to deprive them of what liberty still remains to
them and an Insinuation that they are not capable
of ordenng their own existence.
The boxes in this Camp may be divided
into two classes: those that bet that we shall be
Home before Xmas (I mean the inmates of the
boxes bet, not the boxes themselves for though
some of them hum they hardly go the length of
talking) and those who back the opinion that Xmas 1919 will
see us still soup-crawhng.
Unfortunately, as I have pointed out already, Box 30 is
essentially not "one of the crowd" and accordingly belongs to
both classes or rather contains representatives of both.
Brown is an Optimist
and if you are not an Optimist
too he takes it as a personal
insult, while Cadbury is a
Pessimist, and if you are not
a pessimist too he is also
inclined to take the same
attitude that Brown adopts
"You talk as though
we had settled here for a
Century!" — That was Brown of course.
"Yes, why change when everyone knows that we are starting
Home tcmorrow morning at six-fifteen?" Sarcasm I may say is
Cadbury' s usual method of opening the attack.
"Don't be an ass! We might as well make ourselves as
comfortable as we can while we are here!' I expostulated.
"Rot! we re comfy enough as we are.' This was a cowardly
appeal to the conservative inherent in every Enghshman (vide
Mr. Masterman's last lecture) and rampant in the members of
There was a chorous of grunts indicative that we were comfy
enough as we were.
"Have you seen this morning' s paper? Not the war reports
but the page that really matters — the Handelszeitung?
I groaned and, be it said to their credit, Jones and Smith
groaned too. Brown invariably opens the daily debate on the
Ruhleben topic with these words. The only Variation is that it
is sometimes "Monday's" paper or "yesterday's" instead of "to-
"It isn't'men or ammunition that is going to win this war
it's money! I teil you the world's money market won't stand
this sort of thing much longer, and yet you chaps talk as though
we were here tili Lord knows when!" and Brown gave a half
sniff, half cough indicative of supreme comtempt for our mtellec-
It is curious that both Brown and Cadbury in the heat of
their arguments always reproach the rest of us with siding with
"My dear Chap, do you suppose that generals — or govern-
ments for that mater — will worry about the money market?
After all, what is your blessed money market but a purely artificial
affair set up by the wranghng of a lot of stock brokers? No, my
boy, this is a war-and-damn-the-consequences war, so you needn't
teil us your old tale of the handelszeitung. We've had that argu-
ment a hundred times before (Hear, hear! from Smith) and we've
squashed it a hundred times. Why, the first week we were here
you told us that the war couldn't last six months owing to your
wretched money market, and how long have we been in this old
Compound? By the way, where is that copy
of Norman Angel you used to flounsh under
our noses and read us chunks of ? His theones
sounded all very well, but where are they
now? I suppose he regards this war as a
dirty tnck put up by the rest of Europe to
undermine his position, just as you seem to
think that the Russian retreat was a put-up
job between the Russian general and me to
answer your arguments eh?"
"But why waste time discussing the
possibilities of getting Home? We're here,
we can't help it, and we've no earthly idea how long we are going
to stop here. The best thing is to make the best of a bad job
and jog along as comfortably as we can. You won't find out
when we are going Home by talking of it, so why go on jawing?"
But I was pleading to deaf ears.
"Oh yes, we all know that you're having the time of your
hfe here. Stick you down anywhere where you can gas about
the Arts and Science Union and addle your brain by learning
half a dozen languages at once and you'd be quite happy. You
don t care whether you ever get back to England or not, do
This was Brown, and Cadbury immediately joined forces
with him against me — that is the way in our box!
"Of course, you mustn't forget that we chaps take some
interest in the war. Naturally to you, who don't care a damn
who wins, conversations on the war and RELEASE (This is
how they always say lt in our box) may be bonng, but to us,
who have people in England and don't propose to spend the rest
of out lives galhvanting about the world God knows where, the
outcome of this war and getting back to England is rather im-
He spoke in a sweet, reasoning way, which he thought
terrifically crushing, but I am used to it. After all, I find on
enquiry, that Box 30 is, in this matter, no exception, for throughout
the Camp the man who refuses to talk WAR and RELEASE
for more than three hours a day — the average Ruhlebenite de-
votes a round seven and three-quarter hours to them daily —
is immediately branded as a dispicable individual with no love for
his native land, an Ishmael without kith and kin, and all the more
in that he dares to call himself independent, where the rest of the
Camp would call him cast-out. I hasten to add, that I am ex-
ceedmgly fond of my native land, and that there is an exceed-
mgly good-looking young person on the far side of
the Channel, whose interest in "RELEASE FROM
RUH LEBEN" equals that of any one here, and
this on my account. I would also hke to state, that
I do not mtend to go galhvanting round the world
for the rest of my life: indeed, on the other hand,
I have in my mind's eye a very dainty thing in
flats out Wimble-
don way, which
haven for me and
a removal in the
Park Lane. But,
despite my flawless relations and
my flawless intentions, Iamdamned
in the eyes of my fellow Ruh-
lebenitis, and particularly in those of my box compamons for
the simple reason that I have decided that to talk WAR and
RELEASE is a waste of time, and that, if while here I can
learn Spanish and Russian, and so do Wrench out of the job we
are both working for at home, I cannot do better than exercise
my time and energies in that direction.
During my stay here, I have evolved a httle Ruhleben Philo -
sophy. which I may get the Editor to to publish later on, (Oh!
— Ed.) but the main conclusion I have arrived at is, that the
most practical man in Ruhleben is Hatfield, (I thought everyotie
knew Hatfield is Secretary of the A. & S.U.) who trots around,
immersed in his own affairs and studies, and when accosted one
day, "Well, what d'yoii think of the War?" regarded his inter-
locutor with a puzzled expression, and, finally, running his hand
will afford a
through his hair in the characteristic manner the Camp knows so
well, demanded, "War? What War?"
Think of the splendid awakening he will have the day the
fire-bell clangs, and we are told ,,die Sachen einzupacken". I
dreamt last night that I had arrived at a hke happy state. I was
immersed in a conversation with a Russian professor, who was
asking my opinion on the style of vanous Russian classics, when
"Clang! clang! clang!" went the fire-bell, and in ten minutes we
were back in England — that is what they call "dream-travelhng 1 '
— and I was talking to the afore-mentioned young
person, and then in another ten minutes I was back
at the office talking Spanish to the Chief and
translating an involved section of the Russian con-
tract law, and then ten minutes later I was Walk-
ing with the afore-mentioned young person into the
afore-mentioned httle flat and then — I woke up.
"Cadbury, will you come out with me for a
I asked him in a pleasant ingratiating mannner
and Cadbury came, apparently labouring under the
I was about to lead him to the sausage stall in
Instead I conducted Lim to Box 21 where they
have the three-beds-in-a-tier arrangement, and being a spoofy
crowd have also indulged in curtains, table-cloths and what nots.
It certainly did look comfy, even Cadbury admitted that. We
stayed and partook of ,a cup of cocoa and
milk served in real porcelain cups and saucers
and then returned to our own box.
"Now Brown, answer me the truth,
the whole truth and nothing but the truth"
— and I adopted my best magesterial air
— "do you or do you not expect to be
outside that wire netting within the next six
weeks. Now really, in your heart of hearts,
your inmost soul, do you feel at all sure of it?"
Brown looked hurt, his gaze dropped, and altogether he had
the air of a puppy which has been caught with one of the Satur-
day chops in its mouth. I kept a stern eye upon him however
and he mumbled "Well perhaps not in six weeks". He put an
intonation on "six" such as would convey the idea that he had
received information "von vertrauter Seite" that the sevetlth week
would however see the final fire-bell.
"Now Cadbury" — and my tone was a triumphant one —
"don't you think it is worth while to change the beds for six weeks?"
"More likely six years", said Cadbury and as he carried
the other two with him that is how I managed to wangle the
change of beds in Box 30 and, incidentally. to collar the top
bed which gets enough light from the corndor to enable me to
swot mv Russian in the evenings.
No. 6. MR. BODIN.
Being a lecture on the Grand Stand and reported by out tarne poet.
<.T3ACK to the land
*-* Our fathers sowed
THAT is the
Stair.ed with woad. in
Place of clothes" said
They abode in
Caves and holes" said
"To Philoso —
Phise" so showed in
'There is need of
Quiet and no din,
Otherwise — " said
"Thougl ts will w^ander
From the road in
Other paths" said
"Follow. then, the
Tracks they trode in.
(Britons viz. f" said
Oh, would that I
Could vcrite an ode in
Which to praise thee,
HAS REMOVED ITS OFFICE TO
XEXT-DOOR TO THE PARCELS OFFICE
OPPOSITE SCHÖNUNGS BAR,
RUHLEBEN SCHOOL CHANTS
No. 5. CAPT. HENRIKSEN.
After Longfellow — a long way after.
TJEARKEN to me! I will teil you
Of the noble son of Henrik.
He who served upon committees,
Weary, wearing, wan committees
From the time that breakfast ended
Till the pleasant hour of basins,
Basins that proclaimed the dinner.
Very patient too was Henrik
With the youth who flocked to hear him,
Hear him teil of navigation
On the bitter great sea water,
By the guidance of a compass,
Compass, which was so constructed
That t'was few indeed could read it.
So he taught the young apprentice
How to read, mark, learn, and box it.
White and shining was our hero
In his pantaloons of white duck,
Gleaming so that none could vie with
Him in whiteness of apparel.
It was whispered in the village,
That the coons of number thirteen
Used per day three pounds of "Sunlight"
On the pantaloons and jacket
Of the shining son of Henrik«
Henrik had a penny note book,
Filled with screeds and curious figures,
Figures of the School attendance
At the lectures in the Grand Stand.
And the people of the village
Praised his works, and deeds, and vigour,
Saying he should have a medal,
Gold and silver shining medal
In the Land of the Hereafter
On the shining shores of Britain-
L^^ BARRACK 10 u THE REST
— o — =^^
"pROM a sporting aspect few events will leave such a
pleasant recollection of the season's cricket as the final
match when the League champions, i. e. Bar. 10, played the
Camp. It was decided that the match should be played to a
finish, but few of the camp prophets would have "tipped"
a four days' match. At no time did the interest flag, and
literally up to the last hour's play it was anybody's game ;
then, however, a quick fall of wickets occurred, and gave 10
their well-deserved win by 164 runs. The Camp showed its
interest by forming a record attendance each day, and they
were well rewarded. The honours of the match rest with L. G.
Crosland, who must be heartily congratulated on his two magni-
ficent innings of 129 in the first innings, and 202 in the second.
His batting throughout was of a most spirited character, and
lf not entirely faultless, was still a magnificent piece of play.
With the exception of a brilliantly hit 52 and 66 from "Steve",
no particularly high figures were reached by the Camp, but
Johnson, with 43 and 51, fought a fine fight for his team, and
the champions could certainly congratulate themselves when he
was dismissed. Mr. Masterman is to be congratulated as much
as the team on the victory, as much was due to the careful
placing of his field, and the judicious handling of his bowlers.
Messrs. Fachiri and Gudgeon put up a hard fight for the Camp,
but they seemed a little handicapped by the lack of fast
bowlers. However, taking both teams, it would be hard to
find two better in the camp, and all the more credit is due
to Bar. 10 for their victory.
The following records were created by Crosland, and I
ho'pe I can safely promise him that they will never be beaten
by an English team at Ruhleben. 1. Biggest score for 1 wicket,
110. 2. First double Century. 3. First Century in each innings.
4. Highest score made on the ground.
S e c o n d Innings
Harrison b. Belmont
Dodd b. Gilbert
c. and b. Gilbert
Dodd b. Steadman
Crosland b. Gilbert
73 c^^A-^k 10. V. OUCa^-p.
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IV] O, you're wrong, it is'nt Russian, it's Welsh. An Eisteddfod
•^■^ is a place where they hold singing and band competitions,
or if it isn't the place, then it's the Competitions themselves
that go by that name. At all events, if you get five fruity tenors
to warble "Alice, where art thou ", one after the other, and
several basses to sing "Down among the Dead Men" in the
same fashron, and then several small children to play "The
Battle of Prague'' on the piano, and then after that some male
voice choirs, composed of very sad-looking, earnest people, to
sing "Comrades in arms", and finally all the choirs accompanied
by all the bands to give a oollossal rendering of "Cymru an Beth ",
— if you are not icertain of of the spelling of this, ask Mr.
Davies in Bar. 21 — iand in addition to all this, you have a
conductor who criticises all the pieces and explains how the one
singer sang "a" when he ought to have given "o", or how Charlie
ought to practise his scales a little more before tackling Mendels-
sohn (It was Mendelssohn who wrote "The Battle of Prague,
was'nt it?) and makes funny remarks — that's an Eisteddfod.
But above all, the conductor ja circus with a dull clown.
We have attended several Eisteddfods, and can promise the
Camp great sport, if only the Camp in its turn will not be slack
in competing. All sorts and conditions of men, with all
sorts and conditions of taste, are catered for, and we may look
forward to the revelation of a lot of new and unsuspiected talent.
So far the Camp has been by no means thoroughly ransacked for
singers, but with competitions for Barrack Choirs, Quartettes,
and Solos, a lot of new people ought to come to the fore and
so enrich for us our programme of music for the winter.
The main items are competitions for choirs of twenty men,
all to be members of the same barrack. Other are for vocal
Quartette, a tenor, bass or baritone solo, a string Quartette,
cello solo, pianoforte solo, wind instrumet solo, and last, but
by no means the least interesting, one for Conductors, who
will have to oonduct the Camp Orchestra through an un-
The Drama and elocution section is, we believe, longer
than is usual at such Festivals, and we must say, the Pro-
gramme looks very longwinded. However, with the supply of
dramatic talent present in the Camp, we may pull through.
The "oratory" department — a competition for the best
speech, of not more than ten minutes, on "Responsibility , and
another dose of ten minutes on a subject to be chosen on the
spot, should give the leading lights of the Debatting Society
a chance. To satisfy the polyglot element, among us, there
is a Competition for the recitation of a short poen in Italian,
Spanish, German, French, Russiän, or Welsh. And v/hat has
Mr. Pogson done to offend the Eisteddfod Committee that
Chinese should be left out of the reckoning ? And why not
include Billingsgate ?
But it is naturally the literary section that interests us
most, and as the winning jEssays, poems, etc. can hardiy be
read aloud at the meeting, we offer our pages to Mr. Cohen,
who is in charge of this section, for their publication. We are
sorry we did not hear that "Six in a Box" was one of the subjects
for the Competition Essay before our Mr. Spintho started liis
series, but the Eisteddfo'dists will understand that these articlee
were wntten long before their programme was handed on to
us, and that there was nothing in the way of stealing a march
on them in the matter.
At all events, we hope that these oompetitions will give
an impetus to the latent authors in the Camp, and so remove
the neoessity for the awful hunt for contributors that has been
the chief factor in making our Editor's hair stand on end.
In addition to the musical, dramatic, and literary sections,
there will also be a Fine and Applied Arts section, which includesi
painting, sketching, designing, book-binding, costume designing,
and furniture designing.
The. programme closes with a miscellaneous section, which
is headed by a competition for the darning of a woolen sock
(The Editor of "In Ruhleben Camp" has kindly offered to
provide the socks), and another for putting a patch on a piece
of provided material, hemming same, and sewing on two buttons.
The rope-splicing and knot-tying competitions should interest
our sailor friends.
Altogether the Eisteddfod should afford the Camp a lot
of genuine pleasure, not a small amount of which should fall
to the lot of the competitors themseives.
T^HE name of a local celebrity is required to complete each
\ verse. We off er enormous prizes for correct Solutions !
No. 3. jWhen a ball smites that "keen fielder" — —
On his sensitive "sausage-coinsumer",
Though his keen fielding daze is,
There are heard "feeling phrases",
And the "DV that drop out, — well, its — —
(Continued on page 28.)
OMAR KHAYYAM AT RUHLEBEN.
Wake! For the Glories of the
Ri s ing Sun
Remind us of another Day begun.
There is the old routine to live again,
The weary round before the Day is
Hark how the cock crows, welcoming
Arise my Little Ones to work or play ;
And cheat the ultirr ate Design öf Fate ;
And pass the all too slothfull Hours
Lo ! Those who lived to heap the
And those whose Aim ■was similar,
but vain —
Well, here they are, just like the
rest of us
And, like us also, here they must
For here and there, above, below,
Though you may look for means of
'Tis Labour vain and ill-repaid, as some
In Stadtvogtei would prove to you,
Though two there were who set
their hearts upon
Deliverance, and ever and anon
Pondered profoundly '. and the Place
And which knew them, is there ! —
but they are gone !
A wondrous, motley crowd are we,
Made more so, possibly, in the long
Of tedious Trivialities and Talk,
Sans Wine, sans Cash, sans Women
and sans Beer !
But of the sum the Government doth
Which recklessly or thriftily we spend,
Fate may contrive to build us greater
So laugh at Fate and clutch the Cash
my Friend !
Andtoandfroif you will come with me
Füll many a quite card-game you
Played in a Box where Candles shed
Round which the Figures play and
A Moving Finger wrote.and having writ
Moved on ; nor could we change a
word of it
Fate brought us from the Corners of
With stubborn Hands of Steel, and
here vre s t !
Oh ! Plagued no more with Rumours
Come where the Babble and the
Tothat secludedSpot we knowso well
Where we can smoke and meditate
Come, fill your Pipe! What boots
it to lament;
And fill with sighs the Spacious
Anticipation aggravates the ill.
To-morrow comes not tili To-day
is spent !
Alike f;r Those who dwell within
And those who after unknown
The Time is Now, — to pass it as
Until Deliverance shall come at Last !
A ( Translated from the Original by S. E- J.)
ON RUH LEBEN RIDDLES.
IN the Camp School the languages are now divided up into
Standards. If the Originators of the scheine hope by this means
to get a Standard pronunciation, we are afraid that they are
doomed to disappointment.
THE kitchen authorities are especially proud of their meat
safe. They have reason to be. There is no doubt of its ability
to keep the meat safe.
WHICH reminds us that the plan for a central cooking
ränge has fallen through. The objection to the hot water boilers
as a cooking ränge is of course that the ashes will fall through.
THE Master Builder still persists in remaining invisible,
There seems to be something almost uncanny in a Master Builder
taking so unkindly to boards.
HE would hardly do for this camp, where most of us enjoy
free lodging in boards, free board, and are bored.
SOME people even insinuate that our board is partly
of board. But they can't make much of a case out of it.
IN fact their case won't hold water.
PROF. PATCHETT declares Faust to be one of the
greatest masterpieoes in the world. If this is really the case,
why his Series of lectures endeavouring to "Patch — ett".
MANY people looked with doubtful eye an the zigzag
runs some of our bowlers took. They were quite straight however.
In other words there was nothing crooked about them.
A lot of complaints have been made as to the number
of no-balls sent down at our county cricket matches unheeded
by the umpire. Certainly no bawl came from these gentlemen
while we were out in the field.
THE School Committee are absurdly pround of the fact
that one of their pupils, after a three weeks attendance, has
cut wisdom tooth.
PRIVATE! FOR R.D.S. MEMBERS ONLY.
MY DEAR EARNEST.
I've just had a moist dramatic evening, SO intellectual
and so stuffy. You know of oourse the newly decorated Installation
of the R.D.S., so artistic and cosy with the. creepers hanging
over the Window ledges — the bay-wmdow ledges, I mean — ,
It was all quite intime and unpretentions, the hall was pitch
dark, just a portable flash light, you know, that lit up the
old familiär faoes. The suspense, as we waited for the enter-
tainment provided for us by that excellent play-wright and
manager Kapp : — after all it is almost as good as being a
poet and novelist and dramatist — the suspense, — excuse my
periods — was DELIGHTFUL. Our hopes were exceeded by
the delicious and delicate — as Mr. Leigh Henry would have
surely called it — curtain raiser. Just a SOlipcon of vulg —
"perversite\ I mean — a touch of garlic in the salad, not
more. And the plot too, SO novel, SO simple ! Our great
national comedienne quite surpassed herseif, never have I seen
her look more winningly girlish as after she cast off her wig
and going away confection. That she was marned to our other
actress who looked exceedingly manly in her disguise was quite
a delightful touch. The insoiiciant ripples of laughter changed
to more sardonic smiles during the f ancy dress reading of Bernard
Shaws "Dark L<ady of the Sonnets". The effect of the coffee
I absorbed previously at the Corner House (that excellent Mr.
Schneider) rather muddled my impressions — I had an idea
that a bishop and his wife were discussing the possibilities
of getting a new maid — rather a dangerous character, it
seemed to me. But the tinned BeefVEater was impressive — -
that is what they would have looked like under our regime,
I am sure. A bouquet for Pender, please, manibüS O date
Ulia plenis, for his and Kapp's combinejd effort to afford
us a glimpse of unfamiliar Japan. Forgive, Oh, shades of
sweet Lafcadis Hearn — this must happen in a land of all-
round genius. Mr. Hatfield really aroused a Sensation as
the ruthless uncle diguised, doubtless on account of the husband,
as an Indian squaw. West too was SO natural as a child of
the East. — Words fail me, paper too.
Yours in the spint.
No. 4. If to you that squib — — (yes, — )
In unkempt, polysyllabic gleigh,
Should discourse on the sub-
Conscious rhythm of a tub,
Though you're lost, yet cheer up ; So is heigh !
i M U ^ KJ l 1 Vi»* -XU i X
Trfit ■RiÄLCBCp/tSH *!^ ÖnI^E.
IT would be interesting to hear the opinion of a variety of
people on the question, "What makes life in Ruhleben
bearable?'. How many would give a correct answer? Many
would say, cur manifold interests, such as sports, theatricals,
or education ; others would reply, that it is only the advent of
the morning and evening papers giving us a shadiowy idea of
the great events progressing outside ; while yet another group
would assure us, that it is only the hope and everlasting expectancy
of release thaf keeps them from the brink of a nervous collapse.
Upon sitting down and thinking the matter over, howeyer,
there seems only one reply whioh will apply to all sections
of the Camp, viz., Bond Street. Our shopping oentre is un-
doubtedly our greatest asset from the point of view both of
health and interest. There may be a few — for there are
exoeptions to every rule in Ruhleben — who might declare,
that without our Bond Street life would be worth living, but
they would be very few and far between.
Another wnter in this magazine referred to the Camp
School as an excellent advertisement for the energy and resource-
fulness of the Englishman, and m Bond Street we have just
such another. Here in Ruhleben we take everything very much
as we find it, and that is the inevitable outoome of the kind
of life we lead here; but consider what would be the opinion
of a man who visited us last winter, when we had that one
little Canteen, and a dry-goods störe, at which one could buy
trousers and marmalade and perhaps half-a-dozen other ar-
ticles, and then paid us another visit to-day. Only those who
have been privileged to peep behind the scenes can estimate
the care and f orethought that have been expended on our shopping
centre at its true worth.
Our Camp shops have one advantage over those in the
world outside, and that is, that they do not need to, indeed must
not, push new goods. A shop-keeper outside is shown an
attractive article by the traveller, and he speculates with it,
and puts all his energy into creating a demand for that article,
and leaves the "steady sellers" to look after themselves.
Here in Ruhleben, however, the public must have demanded an
article before it is entered upon the hst of goods kept in stock. But,
though our shop-keepers have this one advantage over their confreres
outside, how many disadvantages do they have to labour under!
Sometimes the Camp is apt to forget important f acts : 1. That
we are in a Concentration Camp : 2. That this is war-time,
and that prices are fluctuating from time to time as a con-
sequence : 3. That we are in Germany, and that such thmgs
as English tobacco are not to be had just outside the gate.
At present we have ten departments which carry a stock,
each of which is placed in charge of a Manager who is
responsible for stock-taking, and the Cash Account. Small
as our Ruhleben Stocks are in comparison to those held by
the big stores outside, yet they have to be subjected to exactly
the same checking and consideration.
In the food canteen, for instance, stock is taken daily,
and in the dry-goods störe fortnightly. The new stuff required
is handed in to the stores offioe, where Mr. Delahay Jones,
(better known as Mr. Canteen Jones), who is the responsible
head of the stores in general, checks same, and hand out
the order to the military authorities. On receipt of the new
goods, stock has to be taken, and the hsts compared with the invoices.
The scale of prices is issued from the Stores Office, but
this scale is subject to the approval of the Stores Committee,
the names of the members of which were given in our last
number. In fixing prices, only running expenses are taken into
consideration : Bond Street as a whole is run, not at a prof it,
(Continued on page 32.)
HK 6-^TKCM *J(W£5
but cn the other hand, at a very considerable loss. Should
a profit have accrued to any particular department, then such
profit is devoted solely to the reduction of food pnces. Every
care is taken to keep the prices at the very lowest figure
possible. The prices at present charged at the Pond Stores
cover exactly the cost of articles, no margin bemg left for
running expenses. In the Food Canteen most — not SOME,
but MOST — of the articles are sold below cost. In tae other
departments a small profit is made, usually 5%, but this
amount is totally inadequate to defray the loss on the food
canteen. The way in which such losses are oovered was ex-
plained in No. 7 of this magazine in the Finance Committees
Report, which read as follows : —
"The amount of M. 29,091.81 appearing in the Surplus
Profits, &c. Account represents the total derived from donations,
library fines, prooeeds of concerts up to the formaiton of the
Entertainments Committee, and profits arising from Canteens, Dry
Stores, Boiler- House, &c. from November 6th. 1914 to30th, June last.
Up to a recent date it was believed that the money to
pay running expenses of the Camp would have to be raised
by profits made upon the sale of goods, but recently an assurance
was rcceived that all necessary funds for this purpose would
be supplied by the American Embassy. It was therefore decided
to apply the above mentioned surplus to reducing the selling
price of the most essential articles of food, (such as butter,
cheese, eggs, vegetables, &c.) and these have for some weeks
past been on sale at prioes very considerably undsr those at
which they can be purchased outside the Camp. It is hoped
that this practice can be continued for some months to come
— possibly tili the end of the year."
Jt is no light task to cater for a clientele of 4000, and
it must be remembered tha all ourt shop-keepers are absolute
amateurs. It is interesting to note some of the figures for the
week ending Aug. 3 Ist. — in no way an exceptional one,
by the way. During the eight days, 2102 Ibs. of butter,
815 lbs. of margarine, 805 lbs. of chease, 162 lbs. of sausage.
418 lbs. of harn, 2300 tins of Condensed milk, 3286 lbs. of
sugar, 25138 eggs, 119 lbs. of baoon, and 120 lbs. of salt.
From these it will appear that the Camp has decidedly
a sweet tooth. That we should average V2 Ib. of butter a
week each was to be expected, but that we should each tackle
half a tin of Condensed milk is somewhat surprising. Mayhap, when
we are back in Town, we shall be able to recognise an old
Ruhlebenite by his dropping in at the "Bull and Bear" and
demanding "Half a pint of milk, neat, Miss, please!"
/For the winter, arrangements have been made to seil hot
dnnks and sausages at the bar in Bond Street and also on
the sports' ground. "Hello, Bill, how's things ? Any news ?"
Oh, all right, thanks, nothing special". "Well, come and split
a sausage and ooff ee with me !" — But it's a poor Substitute
for a oold winter' s morning. So much for the office arrange-
/2«nrf Stzzt - <f^t £~* i. .
Having finished with Mr. Jones, I dropped in at the Dry
Stores to see Mr. Kaffir Smith and his colleagues. The best
description of the Dry-Stores one can give is "a rabbit hutch
trying to look like Selfndge's '. On Aug. 3 Ist. for instance,
there were 143 different kinds of articles in stock, and the
ingenuity shown by the "shop-keepers" in stowing them away,
is only equalled by the ingenuity in finding them again, once
they have been stowed away.
Mr. H. O. Smith is of course Ruhleben's original general
dealer, and Mr. A. Barrott has been his faithful assistant
since the very beginning. These two gentlemen, with Mr. Christie's
assistance, look after the Dry Store, and it may surprise the
Camp to hear that this means putting in a regulär "seven
hours' day". The history of the stores is not a long one. The
start was made in the Grand Stand, and then a move was
made to be place, now used as part of the parcels' Office.
What memories of long queues in the snow and sleet for
English tobacco this recalls to one, and those exciting days when
English Marmalade came in ! Then the Relief Department was
opened as a separate concern under the charge of Captain
Hammond, and next Lobster — we beg his — Mr. Davison,
— opened his outfitting stores riext to the Sports' Shop. On
July 18th. a move was made to the centre of the Camp —
to Bond Street, as the Camp rag christened it. A glance at the
sales returns of the Dry Stores leads one to suppose that we
are a oommunity with a taste for light and cleanliness. The
record "seller" is the electric battery, of which some eight
hundred odd are disposed of within a week, while the runner-
up is Sunlight soap, of which the Camp consumes over five
hundred bars a week. (Thanks to Capt. Hendriksen, our tarne
poet suggests). By the way, Sunlight is sold at a loss on every
bar. With the studrous crowd we have here, a sale of five
hiundred note Books is hardly surprising; nor perhaps will a
generous Output of brilliantine surprise the reader, but why
a thousand sheets of brown paper per week ? What dark secret
have the Ruhlebenites that they should need so much wrapping-
up material ? — and it does not go the Captains' office either.
Spring-cleaning is in the air, and the Camp has seized upon
brown paper and drawing pins as the greatest asset in the
direction of comfort and privacy in the box or loft, that is
all the explanation.
The spirit of hospitality is evidently not dead among
us, for Mr. Smith says that he has sold sufficient knives
and forks and plates etc. to fit out four camps. Dinner
parties or tea parties are the obvious" 1 explanation. It is stränge that
"brekker parties have not achieved a greatervogue here than they have.
The (Jemand for insect powder is falling off, and frying
pans are being sold in ever increasing quantity, two very cheering
The tobacco Store is run by Mr. A. Tinley, and here again
the Camp does not realise the difficulties to be contended
with. Anyhow, that "Old Mbnk" they got in last week was
top-hole. By the way — it isn't really "by the way" — it is
very important, but bow eise can one introduce another topic ?
— English tobacco is never reserved, n e v e r.
> When a move was made to Bond Street, commencement
was made with special Orders, which was taken at the Dry
Stores' window. Now we have a Special Order Department,
and it is well that the Camp should take notice that all Orders,
irrespective of kind, for articles not in stock at any of the
stores, must go through this department. Quite a number of
people in the Camp still attempt to send such Orders by means
of private or busmess letters, and these are returned daily
by the military censors to the Stores' Office. Mr. Dootson,
who is in charge of this department, is having a busy time
just now, a fever of decoration having seized the Camp; and
curtains and all kinds of furbelews for the boxes are in great
demand. The largest business done by this department is in beds
and mattresses, which unfortunately cannot be kept in stock owing
to lack of space. B.
(The other s'hops in Bond Street will be dealt with in another
artic'le in our next issue).
Have you contributed
The Ruhleben Bed !
But yesterday we seemed to be
Interned for all etcrnity,
And now — hope lights up every face,
Men walk about with quickened pace.
In every breeze we seem to hear
The cannon's roar, familiär cheer:
Oh ! Look, those are not clouds up there,
Tis smoke and dust infects the air.
My love, I hear your voice so near,
I see your lovely form so clear;
I feel, I feel the time is nigh
When in my arms embraced you'll lie.
That day, that soene you will forgive
Must we apart for ever live ?
No, no, when nations all make peace
Then too my punishment shall cease.
And all because the papers say
Our new offensive' s underway.
WE have received the following communication from the
Football Association "In reference to the teams nominated by the
readers of your paper, we regret that we cannot accept their
choice, as in our opinion the jselection does not represent ithe
real views of the Camp on this matter.''
* * *
THE history of this matter is as follows; a few enthusiasts
selected two teams for the game England v. The Rest, and had
the names jellyographed. They then oanvassed certain barracks
und thus secured a majority of votes. The F. A. has no justifi-
cation whatever for not keeping its word, for we were given a
guarantee that the teams chosen by our readers should be played.
* * *
H. B. Pentland has moved from Bar. 10 to Bar. 11. From a
footiball point of view we welcome Mr. Pentland's change of
quarters, as it Will undodbtedly help to Ievel up the teams,
and so the sport should benefit.
WE offered to the Football Association to provide a trophy
to be awarded to the player who in the opinion of their committee
had put up the best Performance of the fortnight. The trophy,
we may State at the outset, is of no intrinsic value, and will
take the form of an ordinary JRuhleben coifee mug suitably
engraved. Nevertheless, any true sportsman will be glad to have
such a souvenir, and we hope that it will be accepted in the
true spirit of amateurism in which it is offered.
* * *
WITH regard to the above the F. A. informs us: At a
meeting of the F. A. held on Sept 30th. it was decided to accept
the offer of the Camp magazine to provide a football trophy.
It was, however, thought advisable to award the trophy to the
team and not to the individual player, the latter course offering
too great a difficulty as regards decision. With the approval
of the magazine, the F. A. will leave the team themselves to
ballot or to decide in any way they like as to the individual
player who has contributed most to the winning of the trophy,
and thus deserves to have the Holding thereof. Natyrally we
have agreed to this.
* * *
THE two Mills are not going over to Bar. 2, as onnounced
in our last issue.
* * *
THE public are requested to refrain from Walking on the
* # *
THE F. A. beg to extend their hearty thanks to the cricket
and tennis people for the help both as regards material and labour
which they have afforded them in the preparation of the grounds.
* * *
THE F. A. has been allotted a small office next to Dutton's
Stores, b<it from 9—10 a. m. and 2—3 p. m. daily, it will be placed
at the disposal of the Rugby and Hockey Associations.
OUR NAUTICJiL EXPERT.
IT has Jbeen pointed out to us by numerous readers that
our oolumns jare not representative of all the communities of the
Camp. They particularly mention the fact that one third of the
population of Ruhleben consists of sea-farers, and that articledi
of peculiar interest to them should be given prominence.
We hasten to correct this unfortunate negligence, and have
engaged, (at fthe usual fabulous salary) the Services of Capt Forean-
daft, late of the bärge Defiant, trading on the Bedford Canal 1 .
Below will foe read with pleasure, and profit also, we hope^
the jgällant captain's first contribution on navigation and nautical
TIDE TABLE. OCTOBER 1915. FOREIGN PORTS.
RACE COURSE POND
Celestial Phenomena for the Month.
OCTOBER 9th. Venus sets W by S at first, and then probably
SWi iby W, but owing to the strictness of the military Orders re
females this planet will not be visible in Ruhleben.
Oct. 12th. Mars rises about 11 aft., and its next appearance
will fprobably be seventy two hours later, for breaking Camp
NOTE. During this month the sun's semi-diameter is readily obtainable by the following
formula: Let D r= Sun's diameter on date in question, then Sun's semi diameter = — .
Lights, Beacons, and ßuoys.
ENTRANCE TO LAGER. Watch beacon, square base,
pyramidal striped white and blue diagonally. Caution is issued
against anchoring within danger zone of rifle practice.
SURROUNDING LAGER. Continuous white lights of small
power at even distances of forty yards, visible from sunset to
dawn, N to S, S to N.
ON THE WACHE BANK. Loud sounding bell; number of
strokes per minute not uniform. Rings for sixty seconds at
intervals of twenty four hours. (about.)
BUOYS. Vary in position; numerous in vicinity of Bar. 23.
Care and Preseruation of Chronometers.
THE best way I can suggest, is to carry the blamed thing
in yer trouswers pocket, and if you don't trust your bed mates,
sleep on your trousers, or in them, at nights.
NOTE. All calculations made from data given above, must be based on time as taken
from the West side of the Camp clock, for owing to difference in longilude, a slight
Variation is apparent in the two dials.
N T I C E.
The Relief Officer of your bar-
racks has a collecting-box for the
"Ruhleben Bed Fund", to endow a
"Ruhleben Bed" in perpetuity in one
of the Red Cross hospitals at Home.
As a Britisher
You are expected
to make some sacrifice for this
object not merely to give of your
superfluity. The Relief Of f icers are
keeping the boxes for a month so
that, in four weekly contr ibuti ons
of 25 Pfennigs, even the poorest
Britisher may add his round Mark.
If you are British you will make
some sacrifice for those who are
making far greater sacrifices than
those you are priveleged to make.
Forgetting to go to the box (it
will not be brought to you) will be
a very contemptible excuse for non-
TOO many letters and
postcards are arriving in par-
► yj) *' SßkW^k Bp9~ cels andthemilitary authorities
* v ^ wish us to write to our rela-
tions and friends and teil them this is strictly forbidden.
SLIPS can be had from the Captain of each Barrack in
which you must state why you consider that you ought to be
passed by the Military Doctor as military unfit for release to
By this you will see that every man will have his chance of
stating that he thinks himself eligible for release to England as
military unfit. Due notice will be given when the Medical Ex-
amination will take place.
WE would remind each member of the Camp who has
Military Property, such as blankets etc. in his possession that he
is responsible for the same. On being called upon by his Captain
he must be able to produce this property or refund the value
ALL enquiries and any matters which require a Captain's
attention should be taken to the Captain of your particular
Barrack as far as practicable. An orderly Captain is also on
duty all day in or near the Captain's Office.
WE have to welcome thirty of our fellow countrymen from
the Senne-Lager. We trust they will enjoy the advantages to be
had in this Camp.
THE good wishes of the Camp go out to those who are
returning to England on the 6th Odtofoer under the exchange of
military unfit. We trust they will have an uneventful journey and
are sure that they will receive a warm welcome in the Ol'd
POLES and ropes have now been placed round the Playing
Field to mark the boundary, and under no circumstances what-
ever is anyone allowed to go beyond the line thus marked out.
SOME of the improvements applied for to make the winter
months more bearable have already been granted. The Latrines
and Washing Sheds are being boarded up and Windows built in.
Light has been provided in the Latrines, and arrangements have
been made to obviate as far as possible the long walk at night.
(Continued on page 43.)
When writing home for coffee, be sure you order
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Specially packed in air-tight tins to preserve fresh-
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New roads are being made and the drainage in the yard improved.
The road outside Kitchen No 2 has been paved vvith stone and
other improvements vvhich will still be more welcome are pending.
WE have remarked how smartly some barracks line up
for the Appeals and meals and what good order is kept on the
way to the kitchen. If some barracks can do this why cannot all?
A further Contract has been entered into with the Trabrenn-
bahn Gesellschaft to secure the use of the playing field and
tennis courts for the present.
Xo^tters to tße Gdüor
ALL letters to the editor must be accompanied by name and Barracfce
Number of sender, not necessarily for publication but as a guarantee
of good faith.
At the wish of several friends and in reply to your corre-
spondent's sportsmanlike and gentlemanly remarks about my fit-
ness as an umpire, I challenge a "Pair of Spectacles" to
oome out from behind his nom de plume and undergo with me an
examination in the laws and customs of cricket, to be held
by a board of three examiners, two of them to be chosen
by us, one by each of us respectively, and the third to be
appointed by the other two.
Trusting you will see your way clear to publish this Ietter
and thanking you in anticipation,
I remain, yours faithfully,
ARTHUR E. RUSSELL.
Many of us who have enjoyed the excellent Concerts of
the Madrigal Club would enjoy still more the opportumty of
taking part in something of the kind. Is there no one in the
Camp Who would take up the formation of a chorus this winter
for the study, NOT of lengthy Öratorios written for mixed
voices, but of suitable male-voice compositions ? Work of this
kind forms one of the pleasantest ways possible of passing the
time for many who cannot enter into the more active recreations
of the Camp.
("Old Chorister" and his friends will have plenty of opportunity of
indulging their tastes at the Coming Eisteddfod. — Ed.)
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ÄLTHOUGH only an infinitesimal part of the Camp plays
tennis, yet a surprising interest has been evinced in the
Tennis Tournament. By the time this is in the hands of the
reader, the various competitions should have been finished, but
at the time of writing the first round is hardly completed. No
new stars have at present arisen in the tennis firmament, although
Roberts has played a surprisingly good game, while Macintosh
has thoroughly fulfilled the hopes expressed with regard to
him in a former article. He was defeated by Masterman it is
true, but nevertheless the defence he put up was a brilliant
Performance, and was only beaten by the uncanny steadiness
of his Opponent. The best game was, as expected, the meeting
of Logie and O'Hara Murray in the Handicap singles. The
Handicaps were, Logie — 15. 1/6, O'Hara Murray, Scratch.
While there was from the very beginning no question as to the
winner, yet Mr. Murray is to be heartily congratulated on the
plucky struggle he put up, and the surprising way he got about
the oourt. Another exciting game was that between Hill and
Swift on one side, and Masterman and Coote on the other,
which was won by the former pair only after their opponents
had been within a point of the match in the second set. Swift
is playing much better than his form in practioe games led
one to expect, and his victory over Kindersley was very well
deserved. Gilbert is playing sound tennis, and so far has walked
with ease through all his opponents. Maxwell, on the other
hand, has not oome at all up to expectations. In his match
against Wolff he was far too inclined towards generosity in the
first set, and consequently had to work hard to win the match
I (Continued on page 47.)
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8 — 6 in the last set, and this against a player who has an
advantage of 40 over him in the handicaps. Our benevolent
Captain G. Fisher has evinoed surprising egergy. His game
with Crossland as partner against O'Hara Murray and Cornwall
was very sound, and probably pulied off the match. Venturing
a few prophecies, we may say we expect to see Masterman
get into the Semi- ; Finals of the Open Singles by beating Gilbert,
although to do this he will have to go all out. On the form
shown so far we expect Hjarrison and Maas in the Finals
of the Open Doubles, although this entails their beating McDornan
and Ripley. In the Handicap Doubles after a somewhat sur-
prising victory over Gilbert and Harrison, McGill and Roupell
have a very good chance of carrying off the laureis. So far
as the Handicap Singles are concerned, we believe it will resolve
itself into a struggle between the people on the back mark,
and Masterman and Logie will probably appear in the Final.
It is only to be hoped that the weather will clear up agaih.
for wind and rain are the only obstacles to some fine tennis,
the courts, thanks to the good care bestowed upon them, proving
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